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You know, Notch can be an ass at times, and I feel they way overpromise developments (namely the Minecraft API), but I really get what he's saying here, and agree wholeheartedly:

"But I don’t want to work with social, I want to work with games... I definitely want to be a part of VR, but I will not work with Facebook. Their motives are too unclear and shifting, and they haven’t historically been a stable platform. There’s nothing about their history that makes me trust them, and that makes them seem creepy to me."
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Great article on the vast wasteland that MMO's are today.  It's one of the main reasons my wife and I don't play MMO's for the most part anymore.

"by investing so much in a rusher-oriented endgame is double-down on the problem. Now you're stuck with powercreep as you're forced to continually keep those endgamers chasing loot carrots. You've no incentive to balance anything that doesn't feed right into the cap. You've no reason to build a crafting economy that functions at all levels. Players needn't emotionally invest in your game at all until they're essentially done with it and being funneled into a repetitive dailies or encounter cycle, even one as unique as the competitive one WildStar is offering. The leveling game becomes a triviality, an annoyance, a hindrance to getting to the "real game," a game that's suddenly less about an open world and exploration and construction and more about a linear start-middle-finish progression track as you band together with near-strangers for chances at loot. And that means the community suffers when the other players in the game become a means to that same end, when everyone is measured in terms of his gearscore and raiding and endgame achievements because that's what the game told them was important."
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Pretty damning if true.  That said, everyone who deals with 'Security' systems knows that False Positives are a damn difficult issue to deal with, and perhaps Targets IT staff though it was just this.  Or, as some might read the article, Targets IT staffers were simply asleep at the wheel.
In the wake of a December security breach that put up to 40 million credit card numbers and 70 million more pieces of customer contact information in the hands of hackers, Target has been doing...
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Chief Operating Officer lost his, but the Chief Information Officer still has his.  Perhaps it's a bit early, but it could also be that the CIO told the COO there was an issue, and was told to ignore it during the heavy Holiday season.  Just a guess.
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"People need to differentiate us from companies like Yahoo! and Facebook that collect your data and have it sitting on their servers. We want to know as little about our users as possible. We don't know your name, your gender… We designed our system to be as anonymous as possible. We're not advertisement-driven so we don't need personal
databases."

I greatly admire WhatsApp's sentiments and decisions, I just wonder how those will play out with the new Facebook purchase.  Facebook needs to make money to appease their stock holders, and WhatsApp's customer respect policies are completely at odds with it's new parent company.
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Exceptional set of tools in here.  I've got one or two, but certainly wouldn't turn down anything in the list.
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LOL... I suspect the new Nova won't win any awards at the Creationists Emmy's.  Hell, I wouldn't be too surprised to see a picture of Mr. Tyson put up at the Creationist museum in Kentucky and used for target practice.
Last night on "Cosmos," Neil deGrasse Tyson explained how comets work, and why they're not bad omens. They are for creationists, though.
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LOL... I knew dealers were unhappy about the way that Tesla sells cars, and were fighting tooth-and-nail to prevent them in state after state.  What I never understood was why.  I think this Wired article raises a lot of interesting questions about on what's going on, and why the existing dealers are so anti-Tesla.
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I am greatly looking forward to the reboot of this show.  Mr. Tyson has great personal charisma, which comes through in every TV appearance I've ever seen him in.  I couldn't think of anyone better fitted to step into the shoes of Carl Sagan than him.
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Wow... talk about tellin' the truth to power.  Course, it's even funnier because it IS true.
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I was picking up some things at the grocery store today, and when I passed the meat counter, I had a question pop into my head: Why is it that the beef is so red at the grocery store?  In the past when we've bought great grassfed beef, even straight from the processor it isn't so red, so what is the supermarket's secret?  Know I know..... "Carbon Monoxide".

"When meat is exposed to carbon monoxide, it reacts with the myoglobin in the blood giving the meat a bright red color. Fresh beef is naturally red, and as it ages, it becomes brown or grey."

Of course the industrialized meat industry doesn't see any problem with the practice.  Their take is that Carbon Monoxide is harmless when ingested, and furthermore...
"When a product reaches the point of spoilage, there will be other signs that will be evidenced–for example odor, slime formation and a bulging package–so the product will not smell or look right.”

So they fool us by artificially making the meat look red, then justify that by saying we need to look for the "slime" on the product.  Lovely.
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Fantastic non-TexMex Mexican food. I love it, and it is by far my families favorite for this type of food. The service and food have always been flawless, and although I've sent numerous friends and family there, nobody I know has ever had a bad thing to say about it.
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